Goodwill Gems: High-Volume Florals to Call Out the Sun

April showers bring May flowers – so what do all these May showers bring? Serious longing for fun summer shoes! Our Goodwill Gem columnist Lauren Haslett sought shelter from the downpour at Goodwills throughout the NY/NJ area and discovered a fair-weather trend she just couldn’t resist: flower-filled fashion. Read on to find out what she found… and, just as important, how she plans to wear it:

Comfort + color make these carefree kicks the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe!

We may be stuck in a weather rut that feels more like monsoon season than soft spring rains, with plenty of showers, drizzle, chill and dreary gray skies to cover a whole year of Aprils. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget about all those beautiful flowers you were promised. If the sun won’t bring the petals out for you by shining this May, bring them out yourself, by picking new-to-you accessories in a bouquet of floral prints.

These patterned, flowered heels are definitely not for the timid or fashionably faint of heart. But if you want all eyes on you the next time you head out – whether to work, a casual outdoor party or an evening soiree – these are the perfect shoes to help you grab all the attention you crave. With a thicker, sturdier heel, this pair is great for walking around town or the office in, but the bright colors, floral print and white strap detailing make these ultra-feminine as well as practical. These sweet high-heeled shoes have best of both worlds.

Now we know that high-volume floral-patterned pumps are great, but what can you actually wear them with?

When it comes to creating the right ensemble for these show-stopping shoes, never fear. You might worry that one pair of heels with so much going on would be difficult to partner with what you’ve already got in your closet. But you shouldn’t! Shoes like these don’t need anything special to be shown off to full advantage. In fact, they need just the opposite. A sweet, simple look will set these gems off better than any fancy, frilly, over-the-top outfit ever could.

Cool and simple, this sundress provides a delicate contrast t0 those riotous spring heels.

A pretty little sundress in a solid color is an easy and awesome go-to outfit. Pick a color that shows up in small quantities in the shoe or a nice, soft neutral. This darling dress has a slightly retro feel to it, perfect for a shoe like this with a thick heel and rounded toe, which is also reminiscent of some classic retro styles. A pair of bold heels like these also always look great with your favorite pair of skinny jeans and flowy, feminine blouse in a soft pastel.

What are your favorite patterns for spring? Tell me about it in the comments here, share a photo on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. I love seeing your style, so keep us posted! Stay classy, New York & New Jersey

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